How Rangers act in the January window may well shape their bid to clinch the SPFL title this season but a recent report suggests they’re willing to offload a handful of players this month.
The Gers have a relatively settled and established first team squad, with 12 senior players appearing in 27 or more appearances in all competitions so far this season.
Steven Gerrard will be desperate to keep hold of his core group of players to , though Roma’s interest in Borna Barisic, per Sunday Post, could pose a mid-season threat.
Some of the fringe players, however, could be set to walk out the Ibrox exit door.
According to a report from the Scottish Sun, up to five players could depart before the end of the month, including Zak Rudden, Glenn Middleton, Jamie Murphy, Greg Docherty and Matt Polster.
The former is set to sign for Partick Thistle, Ross County are eyeing a loan move for Glenn Middleton, and the final trio are all in contention to leave on temporary loan deals.
The aforementioned quintet have made just 11 first team appearances combined across all competitions so far this season, totalling 436 minutes of competitive action.
Given Rangers’ success without those players so far this season, it makes perfect sense for Gerrard to offload them until the end of the season.
Middleton, for example, is a player who showed great potential last season, scoring five goals and five assists across all competitions, but he has found himself on the periphery of the senior squad this season and could benefit from regular opportunities away from Ibrox.
Docherty and Polster, aged 23 and 26 respectively, don’t have age on their side like Middleton and will surely need to impress on loan if they wish to give themselves any hope of establishing themselves in Gerrard’s plans for the future.